I had all my wisdom teeth taken out a few days ago. There have been no complications. When is it safe for me to smoke again without getting dry socket? I’m about to go out of my skull from withdrawal.
Ben R.- Texas
Unlike common thought, smoking does not lead to dry socket, so you can start smoking any time you want. We used to think that any kind of sucking is what removed the blood clot and lead to dry socket. Now we know that the empty socket is the symptom not the cause.
Dry socket occurs much more often when there is trauma to the surgical site during the procedure, however gentle technique and placing a dressing of clindamycin in the socket after the procedure can almost completely remove the chances of dry socket.
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